Home Ministry admits: Terrorist incidents increased in Jammu and Kashmir, ceasefire violations up by 300% post demonetisation


Union Home Ministry has confessed that the number of terrorist incidents in Jammu and Kashmir had increased in the aftermath of the note ban announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In its reply, the MHA, headed by Rajnath Singh, said that the number of terror-related incidents stood at 341 during the period between 1 November 2016 and 31 October 2017. The number of terrorist incidents in Jammu and Kashmur in the same period a year ago was 311.

One of the original reasons stated to justify demonetisation was that it will have a considerable impact on the militants in the valley. Although the central government had repeatedly changed its reasons for the note ban subsequently.

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The MHA response also revealed that there had been a sharp increase in the ceasefire violations at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. While the number of ceasifre violations was just 153 in 2014, it reached a whopping 771 in 2017 upto 10 December. This was more than 300% increase since 2016.

Photo: Vijaita Singh (The Hindu)

The MHA, however, claimed that the ‘overall security situation’ in the country had improved since Prime Minister Modi announce the note ban making Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes illegal replacing them with new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes on 8 November last year.